San Francisco Scene: November 9-16, 2018

Source: Bay Improviser.

Friday, November 9

Fri 11/09 8:00 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
enhakē beyond Messiaen: 21st century works for clarinet, violin, cello, and piano

Saturday, November 10

Sat 11/10 10:00 AM CNMAT [1750 Arch Street Berkeley]
Crossroads: Sonification Art and Science

Sat 11/10 11:00 AM Bird & Beckett Books and Records [653 Chenery St. SF]
Andre Custodio is hosting a series of performances of textured sound utilizing electronics and other instruments for a bookstore environment. Performing solo for most of these Saturdays, but will occasionally invite others to fill-in.

Sat 11/10 12:00 PM Noisebridge Hackerspace [2169 Mission St SF]
GODWAFFLE NOISE PANCAKES SAT Nov10 Noon-2pm Sharp!!!
Vulcanus 68, Critical Monkey, Bryan Day, Bloody Snowman, Subliminal Cinema

Sat 11/10 7:00 PM Pro Arts [150 Frank H Ogawa Plz Oakland]
Wendy Reid, Lulu & Friends: Ambient Bird 433
Nov 10 2018
7:00pm – 8:00pm
“The Forum” at Frank Ogawa Plaza
AMBIENT BIRD 433, an hour-long interspecies sonic landscape/ambient environment to be performed at the Forum, Frank Ogawa Plaza, featuring the birds and sounds of the plaza African Grey Parrot Lulu, Wendy Reid, Brenda Hutchinson, Aurora Josephson, Ron Heglin, the MILLS CONTEMPORARY PERFORMANCE ENSEMBLE and musicians of FROGPOND 433.

Sat 11/10 7:30 PM The Red Poppy Art House [2698 Folsom St @23rd St SF]
Invisible Bird: Endsley, Devine & Amendola Trio

Sunday, November 11

Sun 11/11 2:00 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
HUSH Series – The Long Tone Choir: autumn

Sun 11/11 8:00 PM CNMAT [1750 Arch Street Berkeley]
Tana String Quartet

Sun 11/11 8:00 PM Temescal Arts Center [511 48th Street Oakland]
Steve Dye & Alfonso Alvarez

Monday, November 12

Mon 11/12 9:30 PM Studio Grand [3234 Grand Ave, Oakland]
Oakland Freedom Jazz Society: Gerber/Glenn/Greenlief/Shiurba + fluke-mogul/Mezzacappa/Bruckmann

Tuesday, November 13

Tue 11/13 1:00 PM CNMAT [1750 Arch Street Berkeley]
Imperfect Interactions: a lecture/workshop on improvisation-based intermedia collaboration between dancers, musicians, and technologists.
Led by Scott Rubin, with special guests TBA

Tue 11/13 7:30 PM CCRMA [660 Lomita Dr, Stanford, CA 94305]
IMA | Noise music of Japanese poetry
IMA is the sound project of Nava Dunkelman x Amma Ateria, marching forth with fearless percussion, stark electronics, and filmic poetic vocals.

Tue 11/13 7:30 PM California Jazz Conservatory [2040 Addison St Berkeley]
Way Out West Concert Series – Knudsen/Arkin/Wick Trio

Tue 11/13 8:00 PM The Laundry SF [3359 26th St SF]
Resident is a monthly Open Mic event started by Jeremy Black and friends in 2017. Set in a casual atmosphere in an awesome location, The Laundry, it is the perfect event if you are a beginner or even experimented musician/performer and want to reach out to the San Francisco Community.

Tue 11/13 8:00 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
Quatuor Tana: Tracés d’ombres

Tue 11/13 9:00 PM Uptown Nightclub [1928 Telegraph Ave Oakland]
Active Music Series presents:
– Tom Weeks’ Ero Guro
– Li & AM (Lisa E. Harris and Amy Melissa Reed)
– Headlights (Aurora Josephson/Headboggle)

Wednesday, November 14

Wed 11/14 7:00 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
SoSontag Shogun (NYC/Montreal) with Maggi Payne

Wed 11/14 8:00 PM Ivy Room [860 San Pablo Ave Albany]
Invisible Bird
A guitar, trumpet, and drum trio collectively led by three engaging and unique artists from the Bay Area and Colorado; Scott Amendola, Shane Endsley, and Dave Devine.

Wed 11/14 9:00 PM Studio Grand [3234 Grand Ave, Oakland]
Voicehandler CD release, Andrew Bernstein (Baltimore), IMA
Voicehandler’s new self-released CD light from another light is a collection of improvised pieces representative of their live sets from the past couple years. The instrumentation differs from their previous album with Rivero making extensive use of modular electronics, and Heule expanding to a full drum kit.

Thursday, November 15

Thu 11/15 6:00 PM sfSoundRadio [http://sfsound.org/radio.html]
The best kind of gig = the one you don’t need to drag yourself out of the house for. Tune in to sfSound Radio to hear the live tablecore improvisation of the duo Usufruct (Polly Moller Springhorn, Tim Walters) and the Noodles (Michael Zelner, Suki O’Kane).

Thu 11/15 7:30 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
On the next edition of Latitudes—an album release show on the occasion of Bill Orcutt and Chris Corsano’s new record “Brace Up.” Join Other Minds’ Blaine Todd at the C4NM as he presents two singular voices in the world of experimental guitar music. Bill Orcutt performs his convulsive blues on four-string electric, while composer and former Black Spirituals guitarist, Zachary James Watkins sketches an aural map of the C4NM through walls of feedback. 7:00pm doors, 7:30pm concert

Thu 11/15 8:00 PM Luggage Store Creative Music Series [1007 Market Street SF]
8:15 pm Booker Stardum – solo drums
9:00 pm Sontag Shogun’s Braided Sound
Ian Temple (Sontag Shogun) – piano
Jesse Perlstein (Sontag Shogun) – processed field recordings, voice
Jeremy Young – sine & square waves, amplified surfaces & objects
Danishta Rivero – voice
Amma Ateria – electronics
Andrej Hronco – lapsteel
Briana Marela – synth, voice
Andrew Bernstein (Horse Lords) – saxophone
Booker Stardrum – drums

Friday, November 16

Fri 11/16 7:00 PM Adobe Books [3130 24th St SF]
LIVE MUSIC! Laetitia Sonami&Wobbly / Chris Brown / Efectos Humanos

Fri 11/16 7:30 PM Herbst Theatre [401 Van Ness Ave SF]
Brooklyn Rider
Iconoclastic Brooklyn Rider—which NPR credited with “recreating the 300-year-old form of string quartet as a vital and creative 21st-century ensemble” performs a program called Healing Modes that combines Beethoven’s great String Quartet No. 15, Op. 132 with other new works written in response to it.

Fri 11/16 8:00 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
Scott R. Looney / Joseph Noble / Kjell Nordeson – Duos and Trio

Music and More Reviews

Source: Music and More.

Peter Brotzmann and Heather Leigh – Sparrow Nights (Trost, 2018)

King Crimson – Meltdown: Live In Mexico City (DGM, 2018)

Andrew Cyrille / Wadada Leo Smith / Bill Frisell – Lebroba (ECM, 2018)

Hamid Drake / Ralph M. Jones / Adam Rudolph – Karuna (Meta Records, 2018)

Friends and Neighbors – What’s Next (Clean Feed, 2018)

Jonathan Finlayson – 3 Times Round (Pi Recordings, 2018)

Eight Artists Keeping The Polish Jazz/Avant-Garde Tradition Moving Forward

Source: Bandcamp Daily.

It may be the 100th anniversary of Poland’s restoration as the Second Polish Republic this November 11, but this year also marked a culturally important round-number anniversary for the nation: 60 years ago, in 1958, Dave Brubeck became the first American jazz musician to perform behind the Iron Curtain, acting as a cultural ambassador who would ultimately have a profound effect on Poland’s musical culture. Shortly afterward, he wrote an open letter addressed to “my dear friends in Poland,” thanking them for their hospitality and predicting that, “I believe that the future for jazz in Poland is a bright one. Wherever you find such a group of young, eager, and talented musicians as I have heard in Warsaw and Krakow and other cities, you know there is a vital force which must be and will be expressed.”

He was right. Within a few years, pianists like Krzysztof Komeda and Andrzej Trzaskowski were breaking through as regionally distinct composers and improvisers who brought unique avant-garde flourishes to their own strain of jazz in the mid ’60s. Trumpeter Tomasz Stańko and violinist/saxophonist Michał Urbaniak progressed from Komeda’s sidemen to fearless bandleaders in the ’70s, developing their own distinctly forward-thinking answers to the fusion, free jazz, and jazz-rock offered by American and Western European groups. Finally—after years of institutional complacency had reduced state-sanctioned jazz music to a narrow canon of standards—the punk-inspired yass movement of the late 1980s, featuring bands like Miłość and Kury, rekindled an even stronger commitment to the abrasive and avant-garde.

Classical Music in N.Y.C. This Weekend

Source: The New York Times.

DU YUN at Miller Theater (Nov. 15, 8 p.m.). Following quickly from Kate Soper’s composer portrait, the Miller now looks at another leading force on the New York scene, Du Yun, whose “Angel’s Bone” (an “appallingly good work,” as my colleague Corinna da Fonseca-Wollheim put it) happened to win the 2017 Pulitzer Prize for which Soper was a finalist. The International Contemporary Ensemble is on hand to play music that overflows, often raucously, with ideas.

JACK QUARTET at the 92nd Street Y (Nov. 9, 9 p.m.). A later-night session from the nation’s most important quartet includes Andreia Pinto Correia’s String Quartet No. 1 (“Unvanquished Space”), Sabrina Schroeder’s “Slip Trains,” Zosha Di Castri’s String Quartet No. 1 and Ligeti’s String Quartet No. 2.